Sly Park Camping

El Dorado County, California

Sly Park and Jenkinson Lake

Sly Park is located about 5½ miles south of Pollock Pines off Highway 50. The main attraction of the area is Jenkinson Lake, operated by the Eldorado Irrigation District (EID). The lake is open year-round for both day use and camping. Hiking and equestrian trails circle the lake and lead off into the Eldorado National Forest.

Jenkinson Lake covers 640 acres. It has two boat launch ramps and a small marina with boat rentals. the lake is popular for fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, sailing, and most other kinds of boating. Personal watercraft (jet skis) are not allowed on the lake.

map of Sly Park Camping at Jenkinson Lake, CA

Sly Park Campground - Eldorado Irrigation District

The Eldorado Irrigation District operates 8 campgrounds at Jenkinson Lake with a total of 191 campsites. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, and BBQ. Piped water is available at all the campgrounds along with vault toilets. Reservations can be made up to 14 months in advance. Family campsites hold up to 8 people. Premium waterfront sites allow boats to be beached close to campsites.

There are also a number of group camps and an equestrian camp, Black Oak Equestrian Area. Sly Park is open for day use . There are boat rentals and swimming.

Photo of Jenkinson Lake, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Sly Park Summer Weekend Fees

  • Premium waterfront campsites from $50 per night
  • Black Oak Equaestrian campsites from $40 per night
  • Regular campsites from $33 (disabled and seniors 62+ $30)
  • Additional vehicles $15, boats $9, pets $5
  • Reservation fee $9, Cancellation fee $15
  • Day use only $11 per vehicle (seniors and disabled $9), pets $5
  • Boat launch $9 (seniors and disabled $8)

Reservations: Sly Park Reservations

Pinecone Camp

  • Campsites #1- 38, campsites #10, 12, 14, and 16 are premium sites
  • Located on the north shore of the lake, many sites facing the lake

Jenkinson Camp

  • Campsites #39 - 48, tents only, ADA accessible
  • Located on the north shore of the lake
  • Forest views, 100 yards to lake, nearby horseshoe pit

Sierra Camp

  • Campsites #50 - 104, campsites #67 - 70 are premium sites
  • Located on a peninsula on the north shore of the lake
  • Forest views, short walk to lake

Stonebreaker Camp

  • Campsites #105 - 108
  • Forest views, short walk to lake

Hilltop Camp

  • Campsites #109 - 131
  • Located on northeast shore of the lake
  • Forest views, 200 yards to lake

Chimney Camp

  • Campsites #132 - 140, campsites #133, 134, and 140 are premium sites
  • Located on northeast shore of the lake, close to day use area
  • All sites have water views

Hazel Creek Camp

  • Campsites #141 - 159
  • Located at eastern end of lake, near day use area
  • Forest views, 100 yards to lake

Rainbow Camp Youth Area

  • Campsites #160 - 176
  • Located on northeast shore of the lake, close to day use area
  • Forest views, 200 yards to lake

Kamloop Camp

  • Campsites #177 - 186
  • Located at eastern end of lake
  • Forest views, 300 yards to lake

Dogwood Camp

  • Campsites #187 - 191
  • Located at eastern end of lake
  • Forest views, 300 yards to lake

Scout Hill (Organized Youth Groups Only)

  • 40 acres with one group campfire ring, 2 group grills, about 10 tables
  • Tents only, walk-in - $4 per person per night + reservation fee
  • Ceremony and event area

Group Campgrounds and Event Center

  • Located on the south shore of lake
  • 6 Group Areas for up to 50 people, group area 6 is walk-in tents only site
  • Each group area has a boat dock
  • Event Center nearby
  • Rates: $300-$325 per night
  • Sly Park

Black Oak Equestrian Camp

  • Located on the western end of the lake
  • Only for campers with horses, 9 miles of equestrian trails
  • 13 individual campsites ($35 per night) or reserve the whole area as a group site that can accommodate up to 50 people and 20 vehicles
  • Some corrals and hitching posts
  • Black Oak Equestrian Camp

For complete fee information, including annual passes, see EID 2014 Fees


Sly Park Resort

4782 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines, CA
(530) 409-1328   Sly Park Resort
Located near Jenkinson Lake
Resort Amenities: Country Store, Bar and Grill, Beer Garden, Gas Station, RV Campground

RV Campground

  • Full hook-ups, 30 amp
  • Wooded sites, horseshoe pits
  • Bathrooms and showers

Rates: $65 per day


Capps Crossing Group Campground

Located 10 miles from Jenkinson Lake on Mormon Emigrant Trail and then 7 additional miles on North-South Road. The camp is next to the North Fork of the Cosumnes River. If the campsite is not reserved by a group, then the 8 individual sites can be used as regular family campsites, first come, first served. The campground is usually open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. It is at 5,200 feet.

Campground Amenities

  • One group campsite for tent or RV for 40 people, vault toilets, piped water
  • Picnic tables, grills, fire rings
  • Group kitchen area

Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or - Capps Crossing Group Campground
Fees: $105 per night for groups, $23 per night for single sites